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Madison man arrested after attacking other over bandana

A 24-year-old Madison man was arrested on suspicion of battery, theft and bail jumping after police say he attacked another man last weekend.

The 26-year-old victim told police that just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday that he and the suspect, Albert K. Landrum, got into an argument on Kipling Drive.

Police said Landrum told them that he got into the fight because he thought the�victim was responsible for some recent thefts in the area, and felt the victim doesn't belong in the neighborhood.

The victim told police that he had a red bandanna in his pocket, and Landrum claimed the victim was pretending to be in a gang.

Police said Landrum then punched the victim, knocking him down, kicked him several times in the head and stole the bandanna and a portable radio.

Both items were recovered when�Landrum was arrested, authorities said.

Madison officials finish lead pipe replacement project

An 11-year project to replace all the lead pipes in the city of Madison has finally ended, according to city officials.

The Madison Water Utility said it has successfully replaced more than 6,000 customer water lateral pipes from lead to much safer copper pipes.

Utility officials provided reimbursements to homeowners of half the cost of replacing the lines. Owners that refused to replace the pipes could face fines, but the utility said they didn't hand out many to customers.

The utility was ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace all the lead pipes back in 2000. Virtually all buildings built before 1927 had lead pipes going from the city's main water pipe to homes and businesses, officials said.

Recent testing done after the pipes were removed has confirmed that Madison?s water is in full compliance with federal regulations, they said.

Nerad waiting for contract after Michigan job offer

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad is waiting on a contract proposal from the school board in Birmingham, Mich, after receiving a job offer on Monday night.

The Birmingham public school board approved an offer. The administrators in the Detroit suburb said that they want him to start July 1.

Although Nerad's contract with the Madison district doesn't end until next spring, he said he hopes for a smooth transition.

"We don't know who that is. We don't know where that person is coming from," Nerad said. "But again, I can't underscore enough, for whatever time I have here, I'm going to remain focused on our priorities in the Madison Metropolitan School District and I'm going to do whatever I can to assist this school board in ensuring a good transition and leadership."

School Board President James Howard said district officials hope to have a permanent replacement for Nerad by next year.

Madison Police search for robbers

Madison Police are looking for two teens after a robbery Monday morning. Officials said it happened just before 11 a.m. in the 1500 block of Troy Drive.



A 22-year-old Madison man said a group of teens stole his new tennis shoes. The victim told officers four to five people attacked him with two of the teens leading the assault. The victim said he was knocked to the ground, punched, and kicked during the incident. He said the group took his black and white Air Jordan sneakers, which he said were worth $160.



The two male teens who led the assault were between 15 and 17 years old, police said.



The victim also told Madison police officers the same group of people tried to contact him Sunday night because they believed the victim had stolen money from someone in the group. The victim said he didn't take any money from the teens, and he said it was a case of mistaken identity.

Museum explores '80s, '90s music recorded in Madison

A Wisconsin museum is exploring punk, alternative and grunge music recorded and produced in Madison in the 1980s and 1990s.

The exhibit is called "Smart Sounds/Alt Music/Mad Scenes" and it runs from June 19 to Sept. 15 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison.

It's expected to explore how the music being played, recorded and produced in Madison during those decades created a music scene with national impact.

The exhibit centers around Madison's Smart Studios, starting with its founding in 1983, its rise to fame in the 1990s and its closing in 2010.

Bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Madison's own Grammy-nominated band Garbage recorded there.



Beach on Lake Waubesa closed because of blue-green algae

A beach in the Town of Dunn was closed this weekend following a report of blue-green algae in the water.

Goodland County Park Beach on Lake Waubesa was closed to swimmers after public health officials tested the water and found it positive for blue-green algae.

The algae can sicken people and pets.

To check the status of other Madison-area beaches, visit http://cityofmadison.com.

Goodman Pool opens Friday

Madison's Goodman Pool opens for the season on Friday.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. and this weekend, from noon until 7 p.m.

A daily pass for adult residents is $4.50 and $3 for children. A family pass averages about $175.

Laura Whitmore, of Madison Parks Department, said that their opening date dovetails with the end of the school year in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

"Our season corresponds with the Madison school district so we'll have an evening time on Monday, cause kids are in school all day," she said. "However, this is exciting. They're off early on their last day of school the (June) 12. So, we will be having a special last day of school the first 500 kids will get in free."

The pool has a variety of activities that include swimming lessons and some classes for adults to get exercise.